Lebanon's western-backed bloc slams new cabinet
Lebanon's western-backed Future bloc on Tuesday slammed the country's newly-formed government which is dominated by the Iran and Syria-backed bloc, but said its opposition will be peaceful and democratic, Xinhua reported.
Following its weekly meeting on Tuesday, the bloc said in a statement that Prime Minister Najib Mikati missed the opportunity to form a cabinet of independent professionals and chose to serve Hezbollah, adding that the cabinet formation process was based on "political imbalance."
The bloc said it is wondering the new government's stance regarding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and called on the government to state a clear stance on the UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
Lebanon's new government was formed on Monday after almost five months in vacuum. The new government was dominated by the March 8 Alliance, with some independent members nominated by President Michel Sleiman and Mikati. The March 14 Alliance, which is led by the Future bloc, had decided not to join the government led by a Hezbollah-endorsed prime minister.
The March 8 Alliance on Jan. 12 brought down Saad Hariri's government after a long-running dispute over the STL's probe into former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri's murder in 2005.